December is such a wonderful time of the year. It doesn’t matter whether you are one of those people who put the tree up on the first day, or it takes you a little longer to get into a festive mood, December is the ideal chance to enjoy the festivities and embrace Christmas.
So if you were hoping to get into the Christmas spirit then having a bucket list for the whole family can be a great way to make the most of the next few weeks. So with that in mind, here are some of the things that you could add to the December family bucket list to help you get into the Christmas spirit.
9 Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit
Book to see Father Christmas
One of the first things that you might want to do as a family is to book to see Father Christmas. This is something many families need to think about ahead of time as these visits can get booked up quite quickly. There are so many different experiences you could try. Whether you head to a farm, a department store, or even a train journey with a visit from the big man, booking an experience can be such a fun way to spend some time with the family.
December is traditionally a cold time of the year, but you may find that there is less rainfall and more opportunities for colder and frosty days. Wrapping up warm and heading out for winter walks can be such a lovely way to spend some time, and it can feel rather festive. You could head out to the country, explore your local area, or why not head out for a walk at night and enjoy everyone’s Christmas lights? Many families do this and the kids love seeing how people have decorated their homes.
Putting up the Christmas tree
A highlight for the December diary has to be putting up your Christmas tree. It doesn’t matter whether you do it early or late, it is such a lovely thing to do as a family. You could also make it more exciting by heading out to choose your Christmas tree. Children love the chance to put the decorations on the tree.
If you like to craft as a family then why not choose to make your decorations? There are plenty of ideas on websites like Pinterest where you can make easy or difficult decorations for your tree, depending on your creative skills and the age of your children. This is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Homemade Christmas cards
Another you could make if you enjoy crafting is making Christmas cards. This is a lovely way to spread some Christmas cheer. You could use handprints or footprints as a base to make festive pictures. Again a quick look online will highlight some options that you could consider. If you do decide to make Christmas cards it might be worth doing it earlier in the month of December rather than later so you have time to get them sent out.
A list of your favourite Christmas movies
December is the perfect time to start watching some of your favourite movies. A great idea would be to get a list of all of the Christmas movies that you would like to watch and then work your way through them. Perhaps adding them to a jar and then randomly picking one when you want to watch. Or taking it in turns to pick a movie to watch on a Friday evening.
The elf on the shelf tradition
Some people love the elf on the shelf tradition, and so you may want to consider embracing that. If you haven’t done it before, you may want to read a few blogs about it. This is where the elf visits each day and moves around your home. You could also set up little escapades such as eating chocolate or making a mess, however, how you do it is up to you. This could be a lovely thing to start with your younger children.
Visting family and friends
It might be that you want to consider visiting some family and friends during the month of December. It gives you the chance to exchange cards and gifts and also spend some quality time with the people you love.
Host a Christmas party
Finally, you could look at hosting a Christmas party. This can be such a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy some time with your friends and family. You could host it at home or find a venue and get organising. It can be such a fun thing to do and there are so many ideas to help you online.
Hopefully, this has given you plenty of ideas on things to add to your December daily bucket list to help you get into the Christmas spirit.